The Laminated Ridge is 3" thick and 14" tall.
A copper cap has been laid along the top side for protection. Read below how Ray fabricated it!
|Joe, I've attached a photo of the ridge
beam just before it was wrapped up, taken to the azumaya, and set in
place. It shows the copper "cap" that I'm fairly happy with, once I
figured out how to do it. This info may be useful for people who might
want to do the same thing, simply and relatively cheaply.
The problem: although it can be found readily in 4" wide (or
larger) rolls, even in Ace or Home Depot stores, "standard" (23-gauge;
0.023 inch thick) copper flashing stock can't easily be bent
perpendicular to a radius without badly distorting/crimping the edges.
It CAN be done commercially, but not anywhere around where I live. The curvature requires a set of "radius" rollers in addition to the
extrusion rollers that do the opposite-side right-angle bends.
The simple solution: I bought a 12.5 inch wide, 15 foot long roll
of 30-gauge (0.01 inch) copper sheet, cut a 3 3/4 inch strip, clamped
it firmly to the top of the ridge beam (using the original cut-out
piece), and then simply bent the sides manually, using a rubber mallet.
Some pilot holes were drilled along the edges and the thing was
firmly attached with copper tacks (although, since I folded the two
ends over, it would have been tight enough without tacking). It's
edges are not perfectly smooth but they're far better than I could have
done with standard copper sheet flashing, and this was far cheaper than
having it custom bent in Boston and then transporting it back as a
12-foot-long floppy object. The remaining roll gives me enough copper
for the ridge beam/roof flashing and also for flashing the bottoms of
those two triangular hip openings.
The (internet) source: Storm Copper Components, Decatur, TN (about
$62 for the 15-foot roll, although copper prices have shot up recently).